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Singapore an advanced surveillance state, but citizens don’t mind

Leaks of top secret documents by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has exposed Singapore as a key “third party” providing five countries, …

Congress' latest attack on online privacy

In our 715th issue:<p>Records of your online activity reveal a tremendous amount about you. That's why the FCC put in place critical broadband privacy …

Goldman Sacked: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Wall Street

Tech & Science Wall Street artificial intelligence<p>For the past year, we as a society have been worried sick about artificial intelligence eating the …

Surveillance state? More than half of councils give body cameras to staff

More than half of UK councils have given body-worn cameras to their officials to snoop on minor offences such as littering, bad parking and …

Asio given access to journalists’ phone and web records

Australia’s attorney general, George Brandis, appears to have granted the country’s domestic spy agency access to journalists’ metadata in a small number of cases, the agency’s head has revealed.<p>Duncan Lewis, the director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Agency (Asio), confirmed in …

How North Korea Starved Its People for a Nuke

North Korea cut its last remaining ties with South Korea on Monday, withdrawing 53,000 workers from the Kaesong Industrial Park that was run in …

China 'social credit': Beijing sets up huge system

<b>In most countries, the existence of a credit system isn't controversial. Past financial information is used to predict whether individuals will pay their mortgages or credit card bill in the future.</b><p>But China is taking the whole concept a few steps further. The Chinese government is building an …

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Big Brother Is Watching You: Is America Becoming Orwell’s Nightmare?

<i>EDITOR’S NOTE: So many people were shocked, disturbed or just plain baffled that after barely a week in power the Trump administration was spreading</i> …

Intercepted Podcast: Two Former FBI Counterterror Agents Slam Trump’s Torture Policies

Donald Trump has been in power less than two weeks and has already done incredible damage. He’s signing executive orders like they are autographed …

Facebook, Twitter cut off surveillance tool used by police to monitor protesters

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are cutting ties with a social media surveillance company after a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed it was being used by the police to target protesters.<p>Digital Trends reported in April that Geofeedia -- a social media mapping tool that …

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit

New documents reveal the telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions a year from taxpayers.<p>On …

The Little-Known Company That Enables Worldwide Mass Surveillance

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes …

Trump's Picks For AG CIA Happy To Undermine Civil Liberties, Increase Surveillance

This is (unfortunately) not a huge surprise, but it appears that a Trump administration is going to be much worse for civil liberties and …

Edward Snowden points out that David Petraeus “shared information that was far more highly classified than I ever did” | Salon.com

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EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

The Electronic Frontier Foundation – a group of tech pioneers trying to keep the Internet open and free – have published an open letter to tech companies pleading them to prepare for an era of increased Internet surveillance and censorship. The EFF is citing statements by Trump and his advisors …

The NSA Can Now Share The Dirt It Has On You With Any Other U.S. Intellgence Agency

One of the central concerns of American intelligence gathering is that they can cut a wide swath. Anything the government happens to find on anybody as it watches supposed threats to our country, even if it’s totally innocent, it can keep, which is why the NSA was allegedly sharing your sexts …

Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules

As the privacy and civil liberty community braces for Donald Trump's impending control of US intelligence agencies like the NSA, critics have called …

MIT built a wearable app to detect emotion in conversation

Are you saying what you mean, or just saying it mean?<p>How a person tells a story could be interpreted in a multitude of ways — telling your friend about your awesome new car can come across as excitement or a brag, depending on the listener. To help detect the sentiment behind speech, a team at the …

What you didn't know about Apple's '1984' Super Bowl ad

Every year at this time, people talk about the most famous Super Bowl ad of them all, Apple's 1984 commercial that was based on George Orwell's grimly predictive novel, also named "1984."<p>This spot, introducing the Macintosh personal computer, is legendary because of certain believed truths. It …

1984 is coming to Broadway

2017 has proven to be the biggest year for George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> since 1984; inspired by the current political climate of alternative facts and endless …

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